How To Protect Your Home Systems Against Storm Damage
Florida homeowners are no strangers to inclement weather that can quickly damage property and disrupt power. Preparing your home before bad weather can make all the difference in avoiding damage. Electronics, appliances, and HVAC systems are especially vulnerable during severe storms. Knowing how to protect your home is crucial to preventing breakdowns, power surges, and other potential hazards.
Here are the top seven steps to keep your home systems safe during a storm:
1. Unplug Electronics & Appliances
Before a storm hits, unplug sensitive electronics and appliances. This includes computers, TVs, gaming consoles, kitchen appliances, and other devices. Power surges caused by lightning strikes or electrical disturbances can damage these devices if they're connected to power outlets.
2. Use Surge Protectors
For devices that can't be unplugged, use surge protectors. Surge protectors help divert excess voltage away from your devices, safeguarding them from power surges. Make sure you're using high-quality surge protectors with sufficient joule ratings to handle the potential surges during a storm.
3. Invest In A Whole-House Surge Protector
Consider installing a whole-house surge protector at your main electrical panel. This offers protection for your entire home's electrical system, including appliances and devices that can't be connected to individual surge protectors. A licensed electrician should install this type of surge protector.
4. Secure Outdoor Equipment
Outdoor systems like air conditioning units, satellite dishes, and solar panels are vulnerable to storm damage. Ensure that these are properly secured to prevent them from being blown away or damaged by heavy winds and debris. If a storm is approaching, you might consider covering these systems to provide an extra layer of protection.
5. Secure Windows & Doors
Reinforce windows and doors to prevent them from being damaged by strong winds and flying debris. Consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows if you're expecting severe weather. Securing these entry points can also help prevent water from entering your home.
6. Backup Power System
Invest in a backup power system, such as a generator or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), to provide temporary electricity during a power outage. Generator installation can keep essential systems running, like refrigerators, medical equipment, and communication devices. A UPS can give you enough time to properly shut down computers and other sensitive electronics.
7. Create A Digital Backup
Take pictures and videos of your home and valuables (with date stamps if possible). Back up important digital files and documents to the cloud or an external hard drive. This includes important documents, photos, and any data that you can't afford to lose. This precaution helps protect valuable information from being lost due to storm-related damage.
Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Alongside protecting your home systems, it's also essential to be prepared for any emergency that might arise during a storm. Put together an emergency kit that includes flashlights, batteries, a portable charger, a battery-powered radio, necessary medications, water, non-perishable food, and other essentials. This kit can be a lifesaver if you experience a power outage or need to evacuate.
SunCoast Is Here To Keep Your Home Safe 24/7
Remember, safety is a top priority during storms. Always follow local authorities' guidance and consider turning off your main electrical panel if you're advised to do so. If you're not sure how to properly implement any of the safety measures mentioned above, call SunCoast Home Solutions at 561-903-7700 for 24/7 emergency service.
Our team is dedicated to keeping your property safe and secure, especially during storms. We provide a wide range of residential and commercial services to ensure you always have expert help when you need it most. We specialize in:
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